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Google Pixel 3a vs Moto G7: Battle to rule the mid-range segment

28 May 2019 5

This year at I/O 2019 conference Google wraps off the cover from two new mid-range phones including Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. The Pixel 3a is the budget-friendly standard mid-range phone whereas the Pixel 3a XL will attract those buyers who are willing to grab phablet Pixel phone at an affordable price tag. The affordable Pixel 3a lineup brings a number of premium Pixel phones features at a fraction of price tag.

Being the budget-friendly phone the Pixel 3a will have to face stiff competition from the best mid-range options in the market and the Moto G7 is certainly one of them. We already compared the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL against a number of phones and in most scenarios, it emerges as the winner. Today we will find out how new Pixel 3a stacks up against the Moto G7. The Moto G7 brought refereshing change in terms of design and specs over the predecessor.

Despite being a budget-friendly option the Pixel 3a is almost $100 expensive than the Moto G7. Should you pay $100 more to grab the Pixel 3a or not? Let's start with the design.

70.1 x 151.3 x 8.2 mm
5.6 inches - 2220x1080 px
75.3 x 157 x 7.92 mm
6.24 inches - 2270x1080 px
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Design

Although most of the latest mid-range phones have an almost similar design that's not the case with the Pixel 3a and Moto G7. The Pixel 3a adopted a similar design language what we had seen on the premium Pixel 3 series. The only difference is the polycarbonate body instead of glass and metal sandwich. The two-tone finish on the rear remains the same as the Pixel 3. The upper glossy portion has single snapper on the top left corner with LED flashlight whereas the bottom portion with a matte finish has a circular fingerprint scanner.

Up front, you will find thick bezels at the top and bottom of the display. On the other hand, the Moto G7 features the trendy dewdrop notch at the top and a prominent bezel at the bottom. Due to the difference in bezels, the Moto G6 comes with a display above 6-inches whereas the Pixel 3a stuck to 5.6-inches which is smaller than most of the phones in this category. Both the phones retain the traditional 3.5mm headphone. Unfortunately, both lack of resistance against water and dust.

Considering both the phones are mid-rangers that's why none of the phones is an eye-catcher in terms of design. The Pixel 3a dimensions are 151.3 x 70.1 x 8.2 mm and weighs 147g whereas the Moto G7 measurements are 157 x 75.3 x 7.92 mm and weighs 174g. In terms of color options, the Pixel 3a XL is available in three beautiful colors including Clearly White, Purple-ish and Clearly Black whereas the G7 is available only in Clearly White and Ceramic Black options.

Display

Google compromised in the design department by opting polycarbonate body but in the display department, the company opted the best OLED display. So far we haven't seen any smartphone of this range with an OLED display panel. The Moto G7 opted the LCD display panel. In terms of deep blacks, contrast ratio and colors accuracy the Pixel 3a definitely have an upper hand.

The Pixel 3a features a 5.6-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2220 pixels. The display pixels density is 441 pixels-per-inch. The Dragontrail glass is protecting the display. The Moto G7 comes with an even larger display of 6.24-inches with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2270 pixels. The display pixels density is 403 pixels-per-inch. It is protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass. The Moto G7 display max brightness is 445 nits whereas the Pixel 3a lags behind with 401 nits brightness.

Hardware

Being the budget-friendly phones both are packed with the mid-range hardware. The Pixel 3a is running on the Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 670 SoC. The Adreno 615 is taking care of graphics. The Moto G7 is powered up by the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 632 chipset, the Adreno 506 is on board as GPU.

The Pixel 3a Octa-core chipset is accompanied with 4GB RAM and built-in native storage is 64GB. It lacks support for memory expansion via MicroSD. The Moto G7 also has 4GB RAM and 64GB storage but the good thing is it supports memory expansion via MicroSD up to 512GB.

In terms of performance, the Pixel 3a achieves 5,146 points on Geekbench 4 test whereas the Moto G7 is slightly behind with 4,814 points. Due to stock Android OS optimization, the Pixel 3a is super fluid in handling HIFI games and multi-tasking

Specs Pixel 3a Moto G7
Display 5.6-inches 6.24-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2220 pixels 1080 x 2270 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 670 Snapdragon 632
RAM 4GB 4GB
Storage 64GB Non-Expandable 64GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear camera 12.2MP 12MP+5MP
Front camera 8MP 8MP
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack Yes Yes
IP68 No No
OS Android Pie Android Pie
Battery 3,000mAh 3,000mAh
Battery

Both the phones light are kept on by a 3,000mAh battery cell. Due to better-optimized hardware and software, the Pixel 3a has an added advantage here. On a single charge, the Pixel 3a efficiently last one day even on heavy usage. On the other hand on heavy usage, you may need to recharge Moto G7 before the end of the day.

Both the phones are shipped with fast chargers straight out of the box. The Pixel 3a comes with 18W charger whereas the Moto G7 relies on the 15W Turbocharger.

Camera

In terms of camera sensors, the G7 has an advantage in number because of dual rear snappers whereas the Pixel 3a has a single rear lens. Fortunately, the Pixel 3a retains the same camera sensor we had seen on the phenomenal Pixel 3. The rear snapper is 12.2MP with f/1.8 aperture. It has optical and digital image stabilization. The single rear snapper is accompanied by dual LED flashlight.

It lacks the dedicated Visual Core coprocessor which speeds up the capturing process. The single rear snapper on the Pixel 3a is good enough to dethrone all phones in this category. The G7 has dual rear snappers, the primary snapper is 12MP with f/1.8 aperture whereas the secondary snapper is a 5MP depth-sensing module to capture portrait shots with great bokeh effect. The captured images crispness and exposure balancing are way better on the Pixel 3a than the Moto G7.

Like the expensive Pixel phones, it comes with dedicate Night Sight mode to capture great detailed shots in low-light conditions. This dedicated mode puts the Pixel 3a on top spot in low-light capturing than other budget category phones. The Pixel 3a selfie snapper is 8MP with f/2.0 aperture whereas the Moto G7 also has an 8MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture.

Software

As OS both the phones are shipped with Android Pie straight out of the box. The G7 comes with custom UI skin whereas the Pixel 3a comes with dedicated UI skin for Pixel phones which is almost stock version with few extra goodies in the camera app and Call Screen feature. Google Pixel 3a will be getting major OS and security updates for the next three years.

Motorola is known for providing major OS updates for one year and software updates for the next couple of years. Unfortunately, Motorola isn't now amongst the fastest OEMs to roll out software updates whereas the Pixel 3a will be amongst to receive the Android Q update. If you want stock Android OS and longer software updates the Pixel 3a is the device for you.

Price and Availability

As far as the pricing is a concern the Pixel 3a is up for sale at a price tag of $399. Initially, the unlocked model is available via Google Fi, Verizon, and online retailers and it will be released on T-Mobile in the near future. The Moto G7 is available via e-retailers only at a price tag of $299. Motorola isn't offering carrier bound variant of Moto G7. The unlocked model supports both GSM and CDMA bands.

Conclusion:

The Moto G7 is $100 cheaper than the Pixel 3a but it lags behind in many departments. Although the Moto G7 front is more attractive the Pixel 3a rear finish is pretty great. The Pixel 3a takes lead in the display, hardware, software, battery, and cameras department. The camera setup, display, and hardware on the Pixel 3a are certainly the best in this range.

Last but not the least 3 years long software update makes the Pixel 3a a worthy buy. On the other, if you are tight on budget and can't spend $400, the Moto G7 isn't bad at all at $299. Paying more is always beneficial so you should regret if you go for the Moto G7.

In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the Pixel 3a vs Moto G7 in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

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Google Pixel 3a vs Moto G7: Battle to rule the mid-range segment
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MayaSingh
MayaSingh

I don't know how to explain this. The Pixel 3a costs $399 and the Moto G7 at $299, which makes the Pixel 3a costlier. And says no (regret) to the Moto phone straight up. Straight no, I mean?

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